The Amazon Echo Dot, which uses smart assistant technology, is a useful feature that has only begun to take off. Since the integration and creation of Siri with smartphones, the use of smart assistant technology has started to become more advanced. This can be seen with the assistant Alexa, who accompanies the Echo Dot.
Amazon Echo Dot – image for this review credit to CGM Staff.
The Echo Dot, which was released back in October of 2016, is part of the Amazon Echo Smart Speaker line. The other devices that are featured on the Echo line are the Echo Show, Echo Spot, Echo Plus and a few others. Compared to its counterparts, this device is much smaller, slicker and can basically fit anywhere. To use the Echo device one has to download the Amazon Alexa app. From there you are able to change settings, find out more information on a previously asked question and find out more about the device in general.
In its essence, the Echo Dot, or as it prefers to be called, Alexa, is like Siri if she were given a speaker. The Echo is Amazon’s response to the Google Home and any other smart home devices. Alexa is connected to Amazon’s cloud-connected, voice-activated virtual assistant. To ask the device a question, you will first need to say the wake word “Alexa.” Once she is awake you can ask her anything. An example would be “Alexa, what time is it?” Of course one can ask more complex questions, like time zones, recent stock changes, flights, order food or even asking Alexa to play music. If you are having a dinner party you can ask Alexa to order the perfect food and play the right soundtrack to fit the mood.
Before you know it, Alexa will be able to recognize your voice and tell it apart from others. You are able to enroll your voice by asking the device to learn verbally or by using the Alexa app. By enrolling your voice, Alexa will be able to provide an individual and personalized experience. By performing the voice enrollment, users must follow a series of verbal instructions to teach Alexa their voice. From there it will take about five minutes from the device to grasp and recognize your voice. With voice recognition, Alexa will be able to remember your specific, calendar and upcoming events, music preferences, shopping lists, and flash briefing preferences.